No outfit of the day today, or report on what's made its way into my beauty stash. I won't be answering any questions or Polyvoring outfit ideas for what to wear to somewhere. Instead, I want to tell you about my cousin Tony and his wife Jessica. They got married over Labor Day, just a few weeks ago. I've never seen my cousin so happy. He has this huge smile that slowly spreads across his face, lighting up the room. Jessica's got the same kind of smile. They smile a lot around each other. It's cute.
They're both super achievers - Tony's a golf pro who's worked as an instructor for ESPN, and is an assistant coach for the Nebraska Husker golf team. Jess is a fundraiser for the University of Nebraska. They're both the kind of people who really live life, and it's been fun to see them living their lives together.
Last weekend, they caught a movie near their home in Omaha. Jess was driving them home; they were going to eat some birthday cake that she had brought home from her niece's party earlier in the day. They sat at a stoplight a few blocks from their house and when their light turned green, Jess pulled their car into the intersection.
At that moment, a drunk driver sped through his own red light and slammed into Jess and Tony's car.
The driver is an 18-year old repeat offender. He was arrested for DUI in August and was still making his way through the system on that charge. He was hurt, too, though not seriously thankfully. He's been arrested, and so was the 28 year old adult who provided this minor with alcohol before he hit the road on a suspended license.
It took over an hour for paramedics and rescuers to free Jessica from the car. She was without oxygen all that time. She and Tony were rushed to the hospital where Tony had emergency surgery and Jessica remained in a coma. They lay side-by-side in Intensive Care for days; Tony asking everyone who came in and out of the unit to pray for his wife. Prayers pored in for the two of them; from friends, family and strangers alike.
After three days, Jessica died. She was 26 years old. She died just like she lived: with love and grace. Jess was an organ donor who gave the gift of live to three other individuals.
Tony's physical injuries are being tended to at the hospital, still. He'll be released for a few hours today to attend his young wife's funeral. And then he'll go back to the hospital, climb into his bed and continue recovering.
I physically hurt for Tony - I can't imagine what he's dealing with. Actually, I can imagine it; and what's going through my head is so incredibly scary and awful. But I believe, my family believes, there's a reason for all this. We don't know why, we don't know what's the plan but there is a reason. Maybe one of the three people whose lives Jessica saved will end up saving someone else...and someone else...and someone else in some way. Maybe they'll cure cancer.
Or maybe Jess and Tony's story will inspire someone not to drink and drive. Or buy alcohol for a minor. Or maybe it will inspire someone else to become an organ donor. And the chain of giving will go on and on. I don't know.
What I do know is that my heart is heavy and my outfit of the day today is funeral appropriate. I hope to be back in the swing of things here on Bombshell Beauty next week. Until then, hug the ones you love. Don't drink and drive. And consider becoming an organ donor, Bombshells.
Lots of love,